After fifty years of faithful service at St John’s, Adrian Adams has retired.
Adrian became Master of Music at St John’s in 1972, succeeding Michael Spencer, with whom he had been working as Assistant Master of Music. In his time the choir has continued to sing a varied repertoire at services, and regular organ concerts have been held, showcasing the Lewis organ and raising money for the church.
Adrian was instrumental in starting the series of coffee concerts that now take place at St John’s on the first Saturday of the month throughout the year, and he welcomed and encouraged the new partnerships with the London Mozart Players and the Central Band of the Royal British Legion. St John’s remains the musical centre it has always been.
After choral evensong on Sunday 22nd July, Adrian hung up his organ shoes and began enjoying his retirement. Although he has no plans to abandon St John’s, he is looking forward to the freedom to go on holiday without the necessity to rush back to conduct a choir on Sundays!
Adrian’s departure will be marked properly in September, with two major events:
- a Celebration Organ Concert by Thomas Trotter on 15th September at 6pm
- a Celebration Evensong on 23rd September at 4pm
Do come along to say goodbye to Adrian and, of course, to enjoy some wonderful music!
Adrian’s successor, Max Smith, until recently Organ Scholar at St German’s Cathedral, Peel (Isle of Man), takes up his post in September.